Easter Weekend Review

This past weekend was so much fun!  If you follow me on Instagram you know that I was able to go on a road trip with my mom, grandma and sisters to visit my family for my cousin’s babies gender reveal party!  It was such a fun way to get to spend Easter weekend with my family and discovering the gender of the newest member of our family!  For the gender reveal party everything was decorated sooooo cute in baby pinks and blues.  Check out the pictures below to see just how adorable it was!

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Boy or girl?  Which do you think Baby D will be?

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Baby pictures of mommy and daddy were just too cute for words!!!  I cannot wait to see my new baby cousin, I am sure baby “d” is going to be the absolute cutest!!!

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I loved this custom sign they had made of pregnancy symptoms for everyone to guess whether the baby would be a boy or girl based off of old wives tales.  Before you watch the video below of what baby will be, what is your guess?  Were you right?

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It’s a girl!!!!  I am so excited to get to go shopping for baby girl clothes.  While baby boys are sweet and special too, everyone I know has been having nothing but boys for over five years now and I am dying to go shopping for dresses and bows!

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We all stayed up so late talking and having fun, I seriously did not get to bed until midnight, which if you know me, that is crazy late for me!  I normally start winding down around nine or nine thirty and am always in bed by ten or ten thirty at the absolute latest.  I seriously LOVE my sleep, lol.  I meant to get a picture of all of us before or after church in our Easter dresses, but we all were having so much fun just being together and talking that I totally forgot to even take any pictures on Easter, oops!  We all went to  church together and then came back to my aunt and uncles house to enjoy leftover barbecue together for lunch, and let me tell you, it was GOOD!  By mid afternoon it was all too soon time to start making the trek back home.  It was sad to say goodbye to everyone, but thankfully I’ll get to see them again soon and now all of the baby girl shopping can begin!  If you have children, what were your favorite things you received at your baby showers?  I am all ears for suggestions on things to buy!

What did you do this Easter?

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

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Caught My Eye

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ONE: Magnolia Journal

I am so excited, this past week I received a mini version of the Magnolia Journal my Fixer Uppers Chip and Joanna Gaines and I am hooked!  They had a special deal going that if you bought one years subscription you got the second years free, and there was no way I could say no to that!  I cannot wait to get to read through the full magazine and dream over Joanna’s impeccable decorating.

TWO: Baby Hears Moms Voice For First Time

This video came across my newsfeed on facebook and I could not get over how sweet it was.  The baby’s surprised face when he hears his mom for the first time will give you all of the feels.

THREE: Valentino Sandal Dupes

I love the Valentino Rockstud collection, but they are so far out of budget, it isn’t even funny.  I was so excited when I found these dups on Targets website though, they are so similar and under $30!  I am totally crushing on the tan ones and am thinking that they might be a good addition to my summer shoe wardrobe.

What has caught your eye this week?  Share in the comments below!  Happy hump day everyone!

Leighton Michele

Finally Switching Out My Wardrobe

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I am loving the Spring Weather that has finally made its way back to Kansas this past weekend.  It gave me the final push of motivation to actually pull all of my spring clothes officially out of storage and pack the winter clothes away.  It is always a full morning or afternoons job, but I feel so much better once it is done.  I didn’t get any pictures of my method, but I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned over the years to make the packing and unpacking of seasonal clothes easier.

The first thing I always do is I pull the new seasons of clothes out of storage and place them in neat stacks on my bed, I then take all of the old seasons clothes and sort through what I know I’ll want for the next year packing it away and creating a pile of items that didn’t get worn a lot in a bag to donate.  I always keep a 3-4 pieces from the previous season out just in case the weather decides to go backwards again, but other than those few pieces, it all gets placed away in either bins or this old dresser in my storage room.  Now for all the new clothes, this is the fun part!  I choose a stack and start putting things away where I like to keep them, keeping similar things in the same area to make it easier to categorize them.  Once again I pull out any pieces that I don’t think that I will wear and place them in the donate bag.  Any pieces that I am on the fence about whether they will actually get worn or not I put up in my hanger with the hanger backwards facing me instead of away from me.  If I reach the end of the season and the hanger is still backwards I’ll know that the item was never worn and can be donated.

What are some of your tips for organizing your closet and surviving the transition between seasons?  Comment below or shoot me an email with them, I always love to get new ideas to make the transition smoother!

Happy Monday!

Leighton Michele

P.S. Isn’t this shirt just darling?  It can also be worn as a one shoulder, off the shoulders or strapless!

Raincoat Roundup

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They say that April showers bring May flowers, and if there is any truth to that then May is going to have some beautiful flowers this year!  Yesterday was the first day of sun in two weeks, so needless to say, cute rain outfits have been on my mind these past few weeks.  Even though we are finally experiencing sun now, I know that more rain is going to come, so I have rounded up my top 5 favorite raincoats.  The best part?  While not only keeping you warm and dry, they are classics that make an adorable statement.

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ONE: Yellow Coast Guard

TWO: Navy Floral

THREE: Big Stripes

FOUR: Smaller Stripes

FIVE: Living Pink

Below I’m sharing one of the ways I’ve been styling my Yellow Coast Guard raincoat through these past rainy weeks.  I have loved the bright pop of color it adds when the skies are so dreary, like a ray of sunshine.

Xoxo,

Leighton Michele

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It’s hump day!  I am so excited for the weekend, all I seriously want to do is just curl up and S-L-E-E-P!  Haha, I am seriously so tired it isn’t even funny.  I am so ready for a nice relaxing weekend of catching up with friends and my ZzZzZz’s.

ONE: Anne

I grew up watching the classic Anne of Green Gables with Megan Follows and reading the beloved books, so I was so excited to see that Netflix is going to be doing a series based on these books.  While I’m not sure any remake can fully live up to the originals, I am still looking forward to this remake!

TWO: Cold Shoulder Shirt

After wearing this shirt on Monday on my Instagram story I have received so many requests for where I bought it.  I decided to go ahead and answer the question here so that everyone could know the answer, lol.  I got it at Dillard’s and am absolutely loving it, and even better?  It is under $40!  I bought it in the baby blue seersucker version, while they don’t have this material available online, they do have a darling light chambray version, or if you really want the seersucker like mine, head on over to your local Dillard’s to pick it up there!

Happy hump day!

Leighton Michele

Easter Dress Inspiration

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Dress: Similar  and Similar Shoes: Similar

Holy cow, can it really be April already and Easter in only two weeks?  This year has just flown by, it feels like just yesterday we were celebrating New Years at a friends house and now it is time to start picking out Easter dresses.   As most of you know if you read this blog post, I already have my Easter dress picked out, but there are so many cute options out there, so I rounded up several of my top picks for you that can worn beyond Easter.  I’ve tried to choose dresses from a variety of price points, from the lower budget on up.  Which ones would you want to wear?

One: Retro Yellow

This fun yellow lace dress has me head over heels.  The color and lace pattern are perfect for Easter, and the silhouette is that retro look I love.

Two: Striped Shift Dress

This striped shift dress is a more affordable option for a dress and I am loving the nautical feel the stripes bring to it.  I can just picture it with a cute pair of wedges and nautical inspired accessories.  The best part is that this dress could totally be dressed down for the afternoon while watching the kids do their Easter Egg huts and be worn again throughout the whole summer.

Three: Stripe Addiction

In case you haven’t heard yet, I am seriously obsessed with stripes.  They are my go-to pattern and  I cannot get enough of them, which probably explains my obsession with this dress.  The stripes, the colors, it is absolutely perfection and under $100!  Definitely on my list of wants…. or is that needs?

Four: Striped Midi

This darling striped midi is reminiscent of a designer dress that was so popular last year, but actually affordable!  It is such a sweet look, and the midi length is so on trend for this year.

Five: Seersucker Inspiration

And for this final one I had to include a seersucker dress.  I mean, every girl needs at least one go-to seersucker in her wardrobe and it is the perfect fabric for spring and Easter.  This dress is the perfect combination of the traditional seersucker baby doll dress with a fun twist in the back that will have you head over heels in love with it.

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xoxo,

Leighton Michele

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It has been raining all week here in the Midwest and doesn’t show any signs of stopping until the middle of the week next week!  As a result I have been loving wearing my Joule’s raincoat.  It is just the perfect look for these rainy days, the yellow is like a ray of sunshine making you happy and the coat itself is just perfect for staying warm and dry.

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ONE: This Striped Rain Coat

I am in love with this adorable striped raincoat from Talbots.  I wish I had an excuse to add another raincoat to my collection, but unfortunately can’t justify buying another one.  That doesn’t stop me from dreaming over this one and keeping an eye on it hoping it will go on sale enough to justify the purchase!

TWO: Old Fixer Upper Episodes

I am a huge Fixer Upper fan, but due to the fact that I only recently got cable missed out on the earlier seasons.  I was so excited to find a lot of seasons on HGTV’s website and have been devouring both  the old and new ones!

THREE: Streams In The Desert

I received this devotional book for Christmas and have been loving it.  Every day has a new devotion and they are all so relevant.  I know that I am going to be encouraged every morning and it is the perfect book to start my quiet time out with before digging into the Bible.

FOUR: Vintage Looking Camera Bag

This camera bag is so cute for a smaller camera bag with a retro flare to it.  As I told you last week, I honestly was born in the wrong era and love anything and everything vintage, so I am totally drooling over this camera bag.  It would look so darling with the retro camera I shared with you last week!  Bonus points for the fact that it is actually quite affordable.

FIVE: Dad’s Doing Ballet With Their Daughters

I know this video is a little over a month old, but I just had to share it still.  If you couldn’t tell by the name of my blog, I love dance, especially ballet and I love it that the dads are getting involved!  The little girls are so cute  and you can’t help but giggle as your heart melts watching the dads join their daughters in their world.

Happy hump day everyone!!!

Leighton Michele